How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric Supplies? How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric Supplies?

To make an upholstery project a success, you will need to know how to choose the best upholstery fabric supplies. The following will help you with some important supplies to consider.

1. The Right Upholstery Fabric

First, you will need to think of where your furniture will be used so you choose the correct type of fabric. Wool, leather, cotton and cotton blend upholstery fabrics are great for high-traffic areas where the furniture will be used often. These are all very durable and resist pilling and wrinkling. For a room that is not used as often or is a room used only by adults, your choices expand to linen and silks. These fabrics stain much easier, and wear faster if used as day-to-day furniture. After you have decided on a fabric, keep in mind that for a patterned fabric, you will need to add approximately 3 inches for each area to allow for matching the pattern. When you have chosen your fabric, you will then choose your foam and padding.

2. Foam

When choosing foam for seat cushions, get foam with at least a 1 1/2 lb. density, with 2-lb. density being recommended. This will assure that you are getting foam that is durable and will last. To get the firmness desired, you will look at the compression of the foam. For a guideline, use a compression of 21 for a softer cushion, and a firm cushion will be at least 36 compression. When your cushion foam is chosen, you will need to choose padding for the rest of your piece.

3. Padding

Padding is used to on top of the seat foam to give it a soft initial feel when you sit on it, and to give a rounded look to the corners. It is also used to make the arms full and give them smooth curves. A 1.8 thickness is standard for the padding. This is sometimes referred to as polyester fiber wrap. Another tip when covering the arms is to place cardboard over them before attaching the padding for an extra smooth appearance. The standard weight for this foam is 1.8.

4. Pillow Fiber

Polyester fiberfill works best for pillows. It springs back when pressed against because the fibers will repel against each other and not bunch up. Also, this material will allow you to place tossed pillows in the dryer to fluff the pillows back into original shape if they do start to go flat. In addition, this is a good choice for padding the back of your piece due to its resilience.

5. Fabric Protector

Whatever upholstery fabric you have chosen, it is a good idea to protect it to resist dirt and stains. There are different formulas for different fabrics, so be sure you purchase the correct type for your material, and test on a swatch to be certain that it will be safe for your piece. Fabric protector comes in a spray, and can be purchased from an online store, or your upholstery supply store.


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